Posts Tagged "ski"

The day we went to visit The Great Wall of China

Glug glug glug… I awoke to the sound of Britt and Russ’ water dispenser making noise from their living room. Time for a cup of tea and some fresh pomelo fruit to start our day — and on this day in particular this past December, we would be escaping Beijing for a multi-tier adventure. When Sean and I travel, our objectives usually revolve around backcountry skiing. But China was slightly different; not only were we base-camped in Beijing with friends, but there was no backcountry to be had in the area. After we visited Beijing Huaibei International Ski Resort (featuring manmade…

The Arslanbob Experience – Ski Kyrgyzstan

When Sean tells stories from our trip to Kyrgyzstan, there’s one piece of his account that always makes me smile. He recounts how that trip marked his first time ever riding a horse—let alone riding a horse to access backcountry terrain. I found these photos the other day from our time in Arslanbob, which show us—on horseback—amidst a massive line of children and adults from the village that walk daily to their own backcountry “ski hill” to hike for lines and work on their ski skills. We had gone to this community with the intent to give them backcountry gear…

Plaid: The Official Uniform of Outdoor-minded Folk

My first memory of my wife (Mollie) before we started dating was the outfit she wore on our first official meet up. We met at a funeral of a young boy named Jesse (full story here); I had flown out to Wisconsin mid-winter to give his eulogy. A day after the funeral, I had a run in with Mollie while I was still in Wisconsin. She was wearing a red plaid shirt that instantly caught my attention. (She tells me now that the pattern is called “gingham.”) I took keen interest to this shirt and of course to Mollie. A…